Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

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Indulge in a comforting family dinner with our Roasted Red Pepper Pasta, a dish that promises to be the highlight of your pasta nights.

This pasta recipe introduces a creamy sauce crafted from oven-roasted peppers, which imbues the dish with a slightly smoky flavor, transforming it into a creamy vegetarian sauce that’s a delightful twist on a classic spaghetti sauce.

Featuring penne pasta drenched in a rich, roasted red pepper sauce, this meal is perfect for those seeking healthy pasta meal ideas.

With a combination of garlic, olive oil, heavy cream, and herbs, each bite offers a burst of flavor, making it a standout budget recipe for any occasion.

Steaming plate of Roasted Red Pepper Pasta with a smooth, creamy sauce and bright green basil garnish, ready to be enjoyed at a cozy family dinner.

Why Roasted Red Pepper Pasta is a “Must-Try”

Our Roasted Red Pepper Pasta is not just another pasta recipe.

It’s a culinary adventure that brings the essence of comfort food to your table.

This dish stands out for its creamy sauce, incorporating slightly smoky peppers into a creamy vegetarian sauce.

It’s an excellent choice for family dinner, especially when you’re looking to impress with minimal effort.

Here’s why this recipe is essential for your meal prep:

  • Pasta Sauce with Oven-Roasted Peppers: A unique blend that elevates traditional pasta dishes.
  • Comfort Food: Perfect for cozy evenings or to celebrate the holidays with a heartwarming meal.
  • Healthy Pasta Meal Ideas: A nutritious option that doesn’t sacrifice flavor for well-being.
  • Budget Recipe: Ideal for delicious dining without breaking the bank.
Three bowls of Roasted Red Pepper Pasta arranged side by side, each brimming with al dente penne in a creamy, slightly smoky red pepper sauce, garnished with Parmesan shavings and fresh basil, inviting a shared meal experience.

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Ingredients

  • Penne Pasta: The ideal base for our creamy sauce.
  • Olive Oil & Garlic: For sautéing, adding depth to the flavor.
  • Roasted Red Peppers: The star of the sauce, offering a slightly smoky taste.
  • Heavy Cream: Adds creaminess to the sauce.
  • Oregano & Paprika: Herbs and spices that provide warmth and complexity.
  • Salt and Black Pepper: Essential for seasoning.
  • Parmesan Cheese: For a rich, cheesy finish.
  • Basil: Fresh basil leaves for garnish, adding a pop of color and freshness.
Elegant serving of penne enveloped in a homemade roasted red pepper sauce, topped with a generous dusting of Parmesan and fresh basil, illustrating a perfect blend of Italian flavors.

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Instructions

  1. Cook Pasta: Boil penne until al dente, drain, reserving some pasta water.
  2. Blend Sauce: Combine roasted red peppers, garlic, heavy cream, oregano, paprika, salt, and black pepper in a blender until smooth. Adjust thickness with reserved pasta water if needed.
  3. Heat Sauce: In a skillet, warm olive oil, add the blended sauce, and simmer until slightly thickened.
  4. Combine: Toss the cooked pasta with the sauce, adding pasta water if too thick.
  5. Serve: Garnish with parmesan and basil. Enjoy your Roasted Red Pepper Pasta!
A skillet filled with penne pasta mixed in a creamy roasted red pepper sauce, showing the rich blend of flavors and colors, topped with a handful of fresh basil leaves and Parmesan cheese, cooking on the stove.

Comfort Food for Every Occasion

Whether you’re planning a special holiday meal or looking for comfort food that satisfies, our Roasted Red Pepper Pasta is a versatile dish that fits beautifully into any menu.

Its creamy vegetarian sauce and rich flavors make it a crowd-pleaser, ensuring your family dinner is memorable and delightful.

Overhead view of a bowl filled with penne pasta drenched in a rich, homemade roasted red pepper sauce, topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and vibrant green basil, ready for a comforting meal.

Simplified Storage and Reheating

  • Fridge: Keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat: Warm on the stove over medium heat, adding a splash of water if the sauce thickens too much.
A close-up shot of perfectly cooked penne pasta generously coated in a smooth roasted red pepper sauce, with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan and a few fresh basil leaves for garnish, served on a white plate.

What to Serve with Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

To complement the creamy, slightly smoky essence of Pasta with Roasted Pepper sauce, consider these side dishes that offer a delightful mix of textures and flavors, elevating your dining experience:

  • Garlic Bread: A staple at any pasta meal, crispy garlic bread is ideal for mopping up the delicious sauce.
  • Caprese Salad: This simple salad with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil, drizzled with balsamic, provides a fresh and tangy balance.
  • Greek Salad: A vibrant Greek salad, with its feta cheese, olives, and cucumber, introduces a Mediterranean flair that pairs beautifully with the pasta.
  • Cucumber Salad: A cool and tangy cucumber salad, often dressed in vinegar or yogurt, offers a crunchy and refreshing side that cleanses the palate.
  • Vegetable Stir-Fry: Stir-fried vegetables with a hint of soy sauce or garlic add an Asian twist, bringing a variety of textures and flavors to the meal.
  • Sautéed Green Beans: Green beans sautéed with garlic and a sprinkle of almonds make for a simple yet elegant side dish that enhances the overall meal.

Incorporating one or several of these side dishes not only rounds out the meal but also introduces an array of flavors and nutrients, making your Roasted Red Pepper Pasta dinner a memorable culinary event.

This comfort food, enriched with a creamy sauce and the robust flavor of slightly smoky peppers, offers a healthy and satisfying family dinner option that’s easy on the budget.

Pasta with Roasted Pepper Sauce

Overhead photo of a bowl of Roasted Red Pepper Pasta, garnished with grated Parmesan and fresh basil leaves, showcasing the creamy, vibrant red sauce coating each penne piece.
Yield: 4 servings

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Indulge in Roasted Red Pepper Pasta, a perfect comfort food with a creamy, slightly smoky sauce, ideal for pasta nights. A healthy, budget-friendly family dinner that's a twist on classic spaghetti.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces ridged rigatoni
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 large garlic cloves, crushed and peeled
  • 15-ounce jar roasted red peppers
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon Spanish paprika, sweet or smoked
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Extra red pepper flakes for serving

Instructions

  1. Cook Pasta: Boil penne until al dente, drain, reserving some pasta water.
  2. Blend Sauce: Combine roasted red peppers, garlic, heavy cream, oregano, paprika, salt, and black pepper in a blender until smooth. Adjust thickness with reserved pasta water if needed.
  3. Heat Sauce: In a skillet, warm olive oil, add the blended sauce, and simmer until slightly thickened.
  4. Combine: Toss the cooked pasta with the sauce, adding pasta water if too thick.
  5. Serve: Garnish with parmesan and basil. Enjoy your Roasted Red Pepper Pasta!

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 330Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 34mgSodium 91mgCarbohydrates 36gFiber 3gSugar 6gProtein 7g

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